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February 22, 2014

Hitch up yer wagon: 1836 Chuck Wagon Races slated for March 1-9



“We encourage people to camp. It's an eight-nine day event. People bring living-quarters horse trailers, RVs with trucks and trailers, horse camps, (etc.),” Swanson said. “Some people do camp out the entire event.”

Shower and bathroom facilities will be available onsite, or for an extra fee, campers can reserve their own portable toilet by calling 903-941-5536.

As far as grub goes, food vendors will be on location serving plenty of John Wayne-worthy fare.

“We kind of put emphasis on local food with unique food items,” Swanson said, adding that the Diamond B farm store will be open during the week. The store sells a variety of merchandise, food and beverage items including cinnamon rolls, muffins, pies, coffee, grass-fed beef and “our Texas tacos, which are getting quite famous,” he added.

Local food venders will also offer items from gourmet burgers to handcrafted soda, which the crafter “sells out of a chuckwagon.”

The event will host a western trade show, featuring handmade items, leather chaps and chinks, saddles, tack, crafts, clothes, jewelry and more.

“We have vendors of really unique products,” Swanson said. “You'll see things here that you can't really buy at tax stores and western products that are hard to find — handmade stuff, artwork that's phenomenal, cowboy art, horse art. We have a blacksmith that will custom-make kids' toys, all kinds of little art pieces, fire pokers for your fire place, tools. He's onsite with a full blacksmith shop forging things right in front of you while you watch.”

Scheduled events will take place throughout the week, with the wagon races wrapping up the weekend.

In addition to competing, Swanson said people are encouraged to just come watch.

“We have a big parking lot. You can come get inside our garden, which you'll be behind our 8-foot fence to watch the wagon-race,” he said. “You're encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and whatever you want to make yourself comfortable, but there is a safety zone where you're not in the way of wagons running.”

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